ChickTech: Raleigh-Durham runs events for women, girls, non-binary people of all ages, and allies. Our programs range from ChickTech: High School, a free series of workshops and mentorship opportunities for students grade 8 – 12, to ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Technical Women) Conferences and an online membership community. Whenever possible, we partner with other local organizations and companies to increase our impact and support the tech industry.
ChickTech: High School is our signature program, which helps hundreds of girls in central North Carolina discover an interest in STEM skills and industries. ChickTech “cohorts” — most of whom have no previous experience in technology or have never really considered taking the technology path — are nominated by their teachers and invited to participate in a kickoff event and monthly workshops and mentorship opportunities.
All our workshops are hands-on and project-based so that participants come out of each with a sense of accomplishment and a burst of confidence. They remain engaged and learning through follow-up workshops throughout the year. Offerings have included:
- Website development/design
- 3D printing
- College and alternative education support
- Videography and audio editing skills
- Soft circuits and wearable tech
Our program provides a fun, positive learning experience designed to build participants’ confidence in their technical abilities, give them positive role models, create connections with other young women from the Raleigh-Durham area, and create a positive association with technology creation.
Advancing the Careers of Technical Women (ACT-W) provides programming for people of all genders, ages and types of careers. With a focus on the needs of women and non-binary people, ACT-W events help support technologists currently working in the industry, give students confidence if they are thinking about going into tech, and help us all tap into a unique network of intelligent, amazing people who believe in the ChickTech mission. The events range from ACT-W+, our online membership platform, to conferences, hands-on workshops, and networking events.
Since 2017, ChickTech: Raleigh-Durham has held over 20 events for adults in technology, including casual meet-up and networking opportunities, trivia nights, fundraising events, community discussions, and workshops. Past events have included:
- STEM Education and Diversity
- Resume Skills and Technical Interview Prep
- Tech Entrepreneurship
- Public Speaker Skills
- Bias in Data Science
- All Things Open Source
Our adult events are open to people of all genders, backgrounds, and skillsets. We encourage people who are new to tech (or are thinking about learning new tech skills or entering a tech career) to join us, too!